10 years

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Sidra is ten years old today. Here he is blowing his candles and does a happy dance over the presents.

This year, the kids at Sidra’s grade celebrate their tenth year of life at school. Parents and kids were asked to write a letter to each other and exchanged them at the school event.

Here is Sidra’s letter to us:


Translation (by my husband):
“For Papa, thank you for buying me game that day, I’m so happy. Also for always making me happy. I am proud of you, you’re always doing your best working. Thank you.
For Mama, thank you for always making snacks and clothes. Several months ago you made me a Michael Jackson jacket, it is much more wonderful than Machida’s jacket which is ¥25,000. I want to show the jacket to everyone.”

PS: Machida is his classmate (⌒▽⌒)

My husband and I wrote separate letters for Sidra. I wrote in English and my husband worked hard to translate it in Japanese. I kept the original one in the other side of this letter so Sidra can read it one day when he’s able to read English. Here’s the simple translation by my husband.


And here’s the original one that I wrote in English:
“Dear Sidra,
Your name Sidra means the star
because you are the star that came into my sky 10 years ago.
Thank you for bringing hope and smile into my world.
Thank you for being you.

Please keep being you.
Because you already have a good heart and you will grow up to be a good man.
Be whatever you wish to be.
Make yourself and people around you happy,
just like what you have been doing for ten years.

Sometimes life won’t be so good.
Sometimes you will get your heart broken.
But remember that you will always be my star.
And that you have at least made one person happy for the rest of her life.”

Sidra told me that when my husband and I die, he will read our letters everyday (T_T)

Happy birthday my star.

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  • Mbak Novita,
    surat untuk Sidra bagus sekali.
    You are blessed with such a sweet boy!
    Best wishes for your happy family 🙂
    Salam dari Jerman,

  • Happy Birthday Sidra. All the best!

  • Marilyn

    Happy Birthday Sidra!! What a wonderful gift, writing letters to each other!!

  • isabel

    Hi Novita – I had to laugh because it doesn’t matter whether a boy of that age is in Japan or Africa, a new game for their birthday is always a winner!!! My son is eleven an when I showed him the photo he just wanted to know what game it was – hope Sidra enjoyed his day.

  • Kathy

    How touching! Just wonderful! Happy birthday Sidra!

  • Deb

    Happy Birthday Sidra!

  • Awwww….how sweet! Happy Birthday Sidra!!

  • Oh, your letter made my eyes all wet. Happy birthday Sidra!

  • Oh gosh, such tear-jerking sweetness!

    May your family be ever blessed with happiness, contentment and sweet moments!

  • This made me cry, too! Happy birthday, Sidra!

  • Lise

    Happy birthday Sidra ! Enjoy your day

  • Happy Birthday to Sidra. Ten is an important year. I love the letters you’ve all written to each other – you’re blessed to have each other!

  • That’s so sweet! Happy birthday to Sidra! =)

  • Happy birthday Sidra!

  • Happy birthday to Sidra. Beautiful letters. A lovely idea.

  • Aw, it made me feel really teary. Happy birthday Sidra 🙂

  • aww, this made me cry. T^T
    Happy birthday, Sidra! It seems like I just gave you greetings for your 9th birthday. I wish you the best experience that life can bring. Enjoy your ride. 🙂

  • he

    oh wow, already 10 years old… happy birthday sidra!

  • dian

    very touching T.T
    Happy birthday, Sidra. All the best for you…